BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS AUGUST 4, 2020

A young boy died Saturday night after a tragic accident involving a forklift in the 1000 block of Elimsport Road.  According to the Sun Gazette, the Lycoming County coroner said a 12 year old  Samuel Beiler of Lancaster County, another passenger and an operator of the forklift accidentally went off the berm and down an embankment overturning.  The two others jumped free of the vehicle when it toppled.  Clinton Township volunteers worked to free Beiler from under the forklift.  He was pronounced dead after 10pm Saturday.

There are Staff members at White Deer Run who have reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus.  According to the Sun Gazette, an administrative assistant there confirmed the positive results, but administrators could not release any more information due to privacy concerns.  They did say there are no cases amongst the patients at White Deer.  The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed that there were 565 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 114,155.  Lycoming County reports 339 positive cases to date – with 2 new cases reported as of yesterday, Northumberland reports a total of 407. In Union County, there are 172 positive COVID-19 test results with the most recent positive numbers at the Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary where 35 inmates have the disease. There are 7,209 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, but no new deaths were reported.

Evictions can take place again at the end of this month.  According to Governor Tom Wolf’s order from May 7th, there was a moratorium on evictions, which was amended later to apply to tenants who have not paid rent and other amounts owed, or who have stayed beyond the lease end date. The ban on foreclosures and evictions does not cover a tenant who damages property, breaks the law or breaches the lease in some other way aside from nonpayment of rent or overstaying a lease.  Accoridng to the Sun Gazette, Social service agencies who help to the homeless like American Rescue Workers and STEP Inc., say they anticipate more use of their agency resources after the eviction moratorium ends.

State and federal funds were allocated in Montoursville yesterday after the borough council there moved to use almost $145k of the 2020 Community Development Block Grant out of the CARES Act for curb cuts, and rent or mortgage relief organizations.  According to the Sun Gazette, a SEDA-COG spokesperson said using some of the grant specifically for the curbs saves other, more flexible grants for a wider variety of projects in low-income communities.  STEP, Inc and American Rescue Workers’ also will utilize some of the funds for homeowners on a first come first served basis.

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A Williamsport woman was taken into custody after punching a police officer and resisting arrest following an incident where she refused to leave the property outside the Hampton Inn along Via Bella.  According to the Sun Gazette, Rashay Morton of West Edwin Street, became combative after police arrived following her  refusal to leave the premises of the hotel by the staff there.  Morton reportedly sang and chanted during her arraignment, not listejning to the judge.  She was committed to Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.

A new Columbia Woman allegedly blew in the face of a nurse at Evangelical Community Hospital on July 2nd after threatening staff and refusing to wear a mask and was later charged by police.  Accoring to North Central PA.com, 41 year old Glenda Richards became uncooperative during the COVID-19 screening process.  Staff there said the woman refused to comply with the policy. She was charged with terroristic threats,  reckless endangerment, and disorderly conduct. She has a preliminary hearing August 20th.

PennDOT’s Bureau of Rail, Freight, Ports and Waterways has opened the application period for eligible businesses to take advantage of the 2020 Rail Transportation Assistance Program and the Rail Freight Assistance Program. According to officials from PennDOT, their grant programs focus on safety and allow $40 million for 26 rail freight projects. Eligible organizations can apply for funding through either program, starting today until Friday, August 28, 2020.  A link to the application is available here.

https://www.penndot.gov/Doing-Business/RailFreightAndPorts/Pages/default.aspx

The Avis Borough Council unanimously voted yesterday to allow local businesses to play music and have bands play for their customers up until 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on weekends as customers stay socially distanced. Clinton County reports only 115 total cases of the coronavirus as of yesterday with Lycoming  County adding two new cases.  The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed that there were 565 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 114,155.  There are no new deaths reported in Pennsylvania as of August 3rd.

SPORTS

MLB
The Reds beat the Indians 3 to 2, Yankees beat the Phillies 6 to 3, Mets over the Braves 7-2, White Sox beat the Brewers 6-4, Twins over the Pirates 5 to 4, Cubs beat the Royals 2-nothing, Rockies over the Giants 7-6, Padres beat the Dodgers 5-4, A’s over the Mariners 11-1, Tigers and Cardinals were postponed.

NBA
Raptors beat heat 107 to 103, Nuggets over Thunder 121 to 113, Pacers beat the Wizards 111 to 100, Pelicans over the Grizzlies 109 to 99, 76’ers beat the Spurs 132 to 130, and Lakers over Jazz 116 to 108

NHL
Hurricanes beat the Rangers 4-1, Jets over Flames 3-2, Lightning the Capitals 3-2, Golden Knights over stars 5-3, pPenguins beat Canadians 3-1, Oilers over the Blackhawks 6-3

MLB
The Atlanta Braves took a huge blow when young pitching star Mike Soroka tore his right Achilles tendon while playing against the New York Mets last night.  Soroka was hurt in the third inning after delivering a pitch to J.D. Davis, who grounded the ball toward first baseman Freddie Freeman.  When Soroka went toward first to cover the bag he let out a scream – seeming to know right away it was a devastating injury.

MLB Games tonight
Pittsburgh goes to Minnesota, Cleveland heads to Cincinnati, Boston is in Tampa Bay, New York is in Washington, Toronto goes to Atlanta, Miami is in Baltimore, Chicago heads to Milwaukee, Kansas City is in Chicago, San Francisco and Colorado, Houston in Arizona, Texas goes to Oakland, Los Angeles is in San Diego, and the Angels play Seattle.  Philadelphia at New York, St. Louis and Detroit, Phillies don’t play Miami either – those games postponed.

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